Guide to Garner 2018-19 edition - Page 8

Overview of Town Government FORM OF GOVERNMENT The Town of Garner operates under the council-manager form of government. ELECTION PROCESS Regular municipal elections are held in the Town of Garner every two years in odd-numbered years and are conducted in accordance with the uniform municipal election laws of the state of North Carolina. In the mayoral election, the top vote getter wins. Top vote getters also win the open seats for Town Council. So if there are, for example, two open seats for Town Council, the two top vote getters are declared winners. GOVERNING BODY The mayor and Town Council serve as the governing body of the Town. They exercise all municipal powers and are charged with the general government of the Town. They establish general policy direction for Town staff. MAYOR The mayor is elected by voters residing in the Town’s corporate limits for a four-year term. He or she is the offi cial head of the Town government and presides at all meetings of the Town Council. The mayor votes on matters before the Town Council only to break a tie. There is no term limit. TOWN COUNCIL The Town Council is composed of fi ve 6 members, each of whom is elected to a four-year term. The terms are staggered so that, in one election cycle, two seats are up for election, and in the following election cycle (two years into the future), the other three seats come up for election. There are no term limits. MAYOR PRO TEMPORE Historically, the Town Council has appointed one of its members to serve as mayor pro tempore every two years following an election. The mayor pro tempore performs the duties of the mayor in the mayor’s absence or inability to serve. TOWN COUNCIL VOTES Offi cial approval of the Town Council is by majority vote, provided that a quorum—which is a majority of the full membership of the Council—is present. Every member must vote unless excused by the remaining members, according to statute. Unless a present Council member is excused from voting, his or her silence is recorded as an affi rmative vote. TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS The Town Council has regular meetings on the fi rst Monday and on the Tuesday following the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the fi rst fl oor of Town Hall, located at 900 7th Ave. These meetings are videotaped and later broadcast on the Town’s public, educational and governmental